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News from the latest issue - September 21, 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE
Executive Director Update - September 21, 2017
Mike Reilly discusses the AACRAO Board of Directors' Congressional Hill Day.

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Education Department's Regulatory Rollback
Agency's request for comments on regs to repeal, replace, or modify draws nearly 15,000 comments on a wide range of higher ed issues.
Bipartisan Senate Bill to Extend Perkins Loans
Lawmakers introduce legislation to extend the popular campus-based program for an additional two years.
HBCU Leaders Meet at White House Amid Strained Ties
The presidents of historically black colleges and universities made their second visit to the White House amid simmering agitation with the Trump administration.

IN THE COURTS
AACRAO Joins Amicus Brief Regarding Trump Administration's Travel Ban
Brief argues that the ban has harmed America's reputation in a global education market.

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Executive Director Update - September 21, 2017

Posted on September 21 2017by Michael Reilly

Last Thursday, members of the AACRAO Board of Directors met with Members of Congress and congressional staff from their home state who sit on the House and Senate Education Committees to discuss it...

HBCU Leaders Meet at White House Amid Strained Ties

Posted on September 21 2017by Michelle Mott

The presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) made their second visit to the White House amid simmering agitation with the Trump administration, reported NPR. The annual ga...

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Extend Perkins Loans

Posted on September 20 2017by Michelle Mott

A bipartisan group of senators on Friday introduced legislation to extend the Perkins Loan program for an additional two years. The popular campus-based program is set is expire on September 30 unl...

Education Department's Regulatory Rollback

Posted on September 20 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department's call for comments on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification in accordance with Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the R...

AACRAO Joins Amicus Brief Regarding Trump Administration's Travel Ban

Posted on September 20 2017by Michelle Mott

This week, AACRAO joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 28 other higher education associations in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case examining President Trump's ...

Senate Panel Advances Education Spending Bill

Posted on September 13 2017by Michelle Mott

Late last week, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved an education budget bill for FY 2018, reported Inside Higher Ed. The spending package would boost funding for the National Institut...

U. of California System Sues Trump Administration Over DACA

Posted on September 13 2017by Michelle Mott

The University of California system filed suit against the Trump administration on Friday over its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The Chronicle of Hi...

Five Former ED Secretaries Chime In on DACA

Posted on September 13 2017by Michelle Mott

Five former U.S. education secretaries penned a rare joint letter to Congress last week urging lawmakers to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, USA Today reported. T...

Executive Director Update - September 14, 2017

Posted on September 13 2017by Michael Reilly

This week, another major storm impacted the lives of our colleagues, member institutions, and students in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and the Caribbeans. We hope that everyone stays safe and ...

Higher Ed Groups Urge Congress to Move on DACA

Posted on September 13 2017by Michelle Mott

AACRAO joined a broad coalition of over 75 higher education associations urging Congressional leaders to pass legislation to permanently protect Dreamers after the Trump administration's announ...

AACRAO Advocacy Call to Action

Posted on September 13 2017

AACRAO encourages all members to submit responses by the September 20th deadline to the U.S. Education Department's request for comments on federal regulation of higher ​edu​cati...

Democratic Attorneys General File Suit to Keep DACA

Posted on September 7 2017by Michelle Mott

Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia on Wednesday filed suit against President Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Th...

Draft Senate Spending Bill Boosts Maximum Pell Grant

Posted on September 7 2017by Michelle Mott

The Senate appropriations committee today will consider a bipartisan spending package that would increase funds for the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion and boost the maximum Pell Grant ...

Executive Director Update - September 7, 2017

Posted on September 7 2017by Michael Reilly

AACRAO denounces President Trump's reprehensible actions to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era program serves as a refuge for over 800,000 young im...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Overtime Rule

Posted on September 6 2017by Michelle Mott

Late last week, a federal judge in Texas struck down the Obama administration's overtime rule, The Hill reported. The U.S. Department of Labor regulation would have drastically changed how emp...

Push to Extend Perkins Loan Program

Posted on September 6 2017by Michelle Mott

The decades-old Perkins Loan program is slated to expire on September 30 unless Congress acts, Politico Morning Education reported. Under the program, over 420,000 students receive low-interest loa...

Trump Proposes 50 Percent Cut to Federal Work Study Funds

Posted on September 6 2017by Heather Zimar

President Trump's proposal to cut the $990 million-a-year federal work-study program by half has triggered strong debate, reports EdSource.org. Work-study students are typically from low- and ...

White House to Downsize HBCU Conference

Posted on September 6 2017by Heather Zimar

The White House will downsize the annual conference of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), reports Politico. College leaders and some members of Congress had pushed to postpone t...

Education Dept. Ends Partnership with Consumer Watchdog Agency

Posted on September 6 2017by Heather Zimar

The U.S. Education Department is ending its partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), reports Inside Higher Ed. A letter from the Department stated that the CFPB had failed...

Executive Director Update - August 31, 2017

Posted on August 31 2017by Michael Reilly

So many of us sat in awe and dismay this week watching in real time the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flooding in Texas and Louisiana. AACRAO, as a higher education leade...